Christmas break is always something I look forward to long before the end of the semester, and this past semester was more trying than most. It was great to spend almost four weeks in California with family, visiting Disneyland and having dinners with relatives, but mostly resting at home and recovering from the semester. This year’s break was even better, because I had my semester abroad in Milan to look forward to!
My pre-departure week was considerably more productive than the previous three; I hung out with my California friends and Skyped with my non-California friends, watched and took notes on Italian movies on Netflix, reformatted and translated my artistic portfolios into Italian, sewed little interior pockets into my clothes in an attempt to thwart the pickpockets I would inevitably come across in Italy, and of course, did my packing.
It feels surreal that I’m flying for Milan tomorrow, and strange that I’m not going back to Ithaca this semester. Undoubtedly I will miss my friends at Cornell, but I’m incredibly excited to be introduced to a new world of culture, people, art, design, food, and wonderful-ness in just over 24 hours! I’m ready to have my breath taken away!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Jocelyn Wu lived in sunny California for 18 years before relocating to Ithaca, NY to study apparel design at Cornell University. She is currently a junior. She strives to design innovative, functional, and enduring clothing that elicits an emotional connection with the wearer. Her dream is to become a "people's designer": far from the realms of both luxury and fast fashion, serving those in the average population who understand that clothing is meant to be cherished for years beyond a single season. When she isn't in the studio, Jocelyn likes to knit, study foreign languages, journal, cook, bike, play the guitar, run, and wash dishes, occasionally (somewhat) simultaneously.</span></p>